About this artwork
Luster-painted ceramics were popular in Iran prior to the Mongol invasion in the 13th century. The technique continued to be popular under Mongol rule, often using the same forms and patterns as earlier luster ceramics. Additional color is seen in the cobalt and turquoise underglaze painting, which embellishes elements in the design such as the three-part plant at the center of this tile. The presence of figural decoration on this tile indicates that it adorned a secular rather than religious monument, perhaps a palace.
- Star-Shaped Tile
- Fritware painted in blue and turquoise in an opaque white glaze, with lustre over the glaze
- 20.7 × 20.7 × 1.7 cm (8 3/16 × 8 3/16 × 1 in.)
- Mary Jane Gunsaulus Collection